5 reasons to pick the 5 day classic trek to Machu Picchu

Since arriving in Peru for the first time in 2005, I have been intrigued by the Incan culture and how they viewed the world around them. Peru has a rich culture, unique mountain viewing, eco systems and diverse history that leaves you in wonder at how people lived in the world of the Incas. Everything is open to interpretation as there is nothing written down from the time of the Inca’s, so let you mind wonder as you explore this unique destination. We are trekking specialists, running around 15 treks along the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu each year. We run treks along the traditional 4 day Inca trail, classic 5 day Inca Trail and 6 day Salkantay Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. CONTACT US for our upcoming trip dates.

The information below explores why you should consider the classic 5 day Inca Trail. In my view this is the best way to trek this famous trail to Machu Picchu. I have trekked on all the above itineraries over 10 times. My favorite itinerary is the 5 day option.

1). The Classic 5 day trek, treks the exact same famous 4 day traditional trek to Machu Picchu. You camp in different locations along the trail giving more time to explore the key and important sites of the Inca trail.

2). The Classic 5 day trek spreads out the distances that need to be covered, making it easier to hike than the 4 day Traditional route. You can explore the less visited Incan site of Llactapata and camp the second night at Llullucha-pampa below the high pass at 4,215m/ 13,829 feet.

3). The Classic 5 day trek to Machu Picchu gives you the opportunity to camp in Phuyupatamarka 3,630m/ 11,906 feet.  This campsite is the best camp site on the trail. This campsite is positioned on a ridge, high above Machu Picchu mountain with world class sunsets and sunrises. Phuyupatamarca means town over the clouds. From above, you will observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley.

4). The Classic 5 day trek gives you more time to explore WinayWayna 2,700m/ 8,856 feet, my favorite Incan site on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This is one of the main reasons to pick this option. WinayWayna consists of an upper and lower housing complexes. They are connected by a staircase and fountain structures. This site has stunning agricultural terraces which you need to explore. WinayWayna is a short walk from the campsite which is where you would stay on the 4 day Inca Trail trek.

5). The Classic 5 day Inca trail gives you the chance to visit Machu Picchu twice. After dropping down into Winya Winya and exploring this very beautiful site you will continue down into Machu Picchu through the famous sun gate. You can explore the lost city of the Incas before dropping down to Aguas Calientes for a shower, nice dinner and sleep in a bed. The following morning you will head back up to Machu Picchu for your official tour. With new time restrictions in Machu Picchu city this is going to be the best way for you to maximize your time exploring and soaking up the lost city.